2023 COFLT Spring Workshops

COFLT thanks our workshop sponsors!

COFLT is excited to offer in-person Spring Workshops after two years of virtual workshops due to the pandemic!

It's a chance to receive PDUs, network, and learn from each other! 

When: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Where: 3rd floor in Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH) at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon.

(Please enter the building from the Parks Block entrance.)

*Session details below

    Workshop Registration Fees:

    • Registration fee includes all-day workshop participation and coffee, pastries, and cookies during registration and breaks. Lunch is not included, but there are a variety of food choices at the PSU Farmers Market!

    • $55 COFLT/PNCFL member
    • $30 COFLT board member
    • $0 COFLT student
    • $20 COFLT retired teacher
    • $120 non-members (reminder, COFLT membership is only $50 and includes other perks)

    COFLT 2022-23 Membership (Active thru Aug 31, 2023): 

    • $50 regular
    • $25 student/retired 

    Conference Address:

    1855 SW Broadway

    Portland, OR 97201

    Public Transportation and Parking

    Cancellation procedure
    If you need to cancel your conference registration, please send an e-mail to coflttreasurer@gmail.com and we will process your refund.  You will be charged a $15 cancellation processing fee per transaction.


      Saturday, March 4

      • 8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration, coffee & pastries Oyatsupan (Japanese bakery) & St. Honore (French bakery) (We're asking participants to bring their own mug or tumbler in order to minimize landfill waste. Thank you!)
      • 8:45-8:55 a.m. Greetings & Announcements
      • 9:00-11:50 a.m. Morning Sessions
      • 12:00-12:50 p.m. Lunch on your own (various food choices at the PSU Farmers Market)
      • 1:00- 3:50 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

        PDU & Graduate Credit

        • Professional Development Units (PDU) will be available for these workshops.
        • 1 graduate credit will be also available from Portland State University. Please contact Bernd Ferner at fernerb@pdx.edu for more information.

        Sponsors Wanted

        COFLT is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor the workshops.


        Session 1: Introduction to Comprehensible Input

        Let's look at Dr. Stephen Krashen's contributions to our understanding of how people become proficient in languages and how his Natural Approach compares to traditional language instruction. What are the three keys to effective language instruction? This workshop includes demonstrations and explication of highly effective classroom activities you can use.

        Fred Stamps

        Originally from Colorado, Fred Stamps taught American Sign Language for 15 years at Edison High School in Beaverton, and he is in his seventh year of teaching ASL at Pacific University. He has also taught ASL at Portland State University, English in Japan and briefly in Poland, and is also currently teaching ASL at Vernonia High School. He graduated from BYU-Hawaii and earned a Master's in Education at PSU. His languages are English, Japanese, and ASL, and he is a student of Norwegian, ancient Egyptian, and Ukrainian. After he reaches his goals in those languages, his plans are to study Hawaiian, Tagalog, and eventually Spanish. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and traveling.

        Session 3: Dual Language Immersion Program / OWL

        Empowering Students: Fostering Active Learning and Ownership

        We talk a lot about language acquisition in World Language classrooms, but what does it look like for Dual Language Immersion programs? OWL’s unique proficiency-based, student-directed strategies and techniques are perfectly suited for a DLI program. By experiencing active, empowered learning during the workshop, participants will understand and envision what engaging, ownership-driven learning can look like for them and their students. 

        *While geared towards DLI, the concepts and activities are applicable for World Language teachers wanting to foster the same language ownership in their students

        Gabriela Aranda Sosa

        Gabriela Aranda Sosa has a BA in Spanish from SDSU, M.Ed. in Education from Loyola University of Maryland and a M.Ed. in Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. She is the World Language Department Lead at Vista Murrieta High School. She currently teaches AVID and Spanish III & IV. Gabriela started teaching in 1996 and has been using OWL in the classroom since 2018. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and reading on Kindle during her spare time.

        Session 2: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Language Instructions

        The Student-Centered World Language Classroom

        This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to experience what it’s like to be a part of a student-centered and equity-driven World Language classroom. Attendees will engage in activities that build on student assets, foster social interaction and elevate student voice. Participants will be asked to activate their own prior knowledge, share ideas and work collaboratively with other participants. They will gain a deeper understanding of best practices for student-centered learning opportunities and walk away with knowledge they can apply to future planning

        Carol Baltazar

        Carol Baltazar began her teaching career at an early age in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Since then, she has spent thirteen years at the elementary level, four years at the high school level, one year as a middle school administrator and two years, most recently, in a teacher support and professional development role. She is passionate about keeping students at the center of every instructional decision. She works with teachers to create inclusive environments that foster student engagement and ensure that every individual student is seen, heard and valued for their contribution to the classroom culture and community.

        Contact COFLT:
        email us: cofltoregon at gmail com
        COFLT,  A-153, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove OR 97116
        COFLT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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